Paul E. Binford | Education & Teaching Experience

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Paul E. Binford holds the rank of assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction & Special Education at Mississippi State University (MSU).  He served as both a middle school and high school teacher and administrator from 1985-2011 while earning his Ph.D. from Indiana University.  He is a recipient of a Lilly Teaching Creativity Fellowship (2002), The William and Madeline Welder Smith Research Travel Award from the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin (2009), and two Library of Congress:  Teaching with Primary Sources Grants (2016 and 2017). Binford began his university teaching at Louisiana State University in 2011 before moving to MSU in 2015.  He currently serves as President of the Mississippi Council for the Social Studies. He has published two state history (Louisiana and Mississippi) teacher wraparound editions for Clairmont Press and a historical classroom simulation with Social Studies School Service.  His scholarly work on the history of the social studies and cross-curricular connections has appeared in a variety of journals, including Theory and Research in Social Education, the International Journal of Social Education, American Educational History Journal, Sound Historian, Middle Grades Review, the Louisiana English Journal and the ALAN Review. 


Doctor of Philosophy, 2009
Social Studies Education
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Master of Arts, 1990
Educational Leadership
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida

Bachelor of Arts, 1983
Major: Political Science; Minor: History
David Lipscomb College, Nashville, Tennessee


Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi
Assistant Professor, Secondary Social Studies Education, 2015 to the present

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Assistant Professor, Social Studies Education, 2011-2015

Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Adjunct Instructor, Curriculum and Instruction, 2000, 2005-2008

Palm Beach Community College, Boca Raton, Florida
Adjunct Instructor, Division One, 1993-1994


Tri-North Middle School,
Teacher of 7th and 8th Grade Social Studies (accelerated learners, general, and inclusion), 2007-2011

Jackson Creek Middle School,
Teacher of 7th and 8th Grade Social Studies (general and inclusion), 2000-2007

Batchelor Middle School (Grades 7-8), Assistant Principal, 1999-2000

Edgewood Junior High School (Grades 6-8), Assistant Principal, 1996-99

Terre Haute North Vigo High School,
Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction, 1994-96

Palm Beach Lakes Community High School,
Social Studies Department Chairperson, 1990-94

Lake Worth Community High School,
ESL Instructor for the Adult Education Program, 1989-92

Palm Beach Lakes Community High School,
Teacher of American Government, American History, and AP European History, 1986-1994